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Title: [Lord?] Alexander, Jesuit Barracks, Quebec, to The Countess of Caledon
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
Filelord caledon/111
SenderLord Caledon (James Du Pre Alexander)
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationarmy officer
Sender Religionunknown
OriginQuebec, Canada
RecipientCountess of Caledon
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceD 2433/B/8/16: Deposited by the Trustees of the Caledon Estates
ArchiveThe Public Record Office,N.Ireland
Doc. No.9512030
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 07:12:95.
Word Count662
TranscriptJesuit Barracks
10th Nov.1838

My Dear Mother
I shall soon expect a letter from you as I have not
heard from you lately when you write perhaps it would be better
to send letters by Halifax as the communication is stopped
between this and New York. There has been some sharp fighting
near the River I understand and the rebels have had the worst of
it. You will have heard before this of the capture of Ellis and
his wife they have taken him to Napiertown or Lacoll as it is
written in the map where their headquarters are they put his
ransom at œ20,000. The report about Mr. Ellis and Miss Balfour was
I am sorry to say a very bad one but I trust not true they are
somewhere near Beaucharnois women have no business [--?] they are
only in the way and can do no good Macdowell with 2000 regulars
and Sir [---?] Colborne with the like number have marched to
Napierville. The Intention I believe of the Government is to
destroy all houses and villages whose inhabitants have [----?]
them. Our men have been much horrified with death lately and are
quite savage. The rebels took an unfortunate [----?] and hanged
him and wrote martial law on his breast. I have changed my
quarters and am living in the town with my company of 100 men we
have to turn out pretty nearly every night to assist the police
who are very busy making arrests we have not come into collision
with any one yet. I believe we shall follow the Grenadiers up the
country very soon as soon as we can be replaced by a regiment of
regulars. I expect we shall have very sharp work this winter we
expect to form the extreme left of the line and to be quartered
at Nicolet[?] The Indians of Caughnawaga of the Iroquois tribe
are engaged they have taken 65 prisoners and the volunteers have
killed 50 in an engagement so we have got rid of some few I have
not heard of the Grenadiers but they are up the country and have
[----?] two Yankees I cannot speak about coming back at present
as I should be very sorry to cross the river or attempt it if
things are not quieter and the river will be closed in February
but things may alter by that time. I should have sent you some
more things but at present they are very scarce and except the
[--?] work is fresh and new it does not look well the prettiest
things are the [-----?] gloves embroidered but they take 3 weeks
to make as the people are lazy I will send over all which I have
ordered. I had three old chiefs over here the other day as our
commandant wished to get information of the country about this
place and I gave them each a picture of their mother with which
they were delighted. None of the old gentlemen were under 70 so
that their [---?] was rather a young one. A young man has just
come in to pay me a visit he is going to London by the
[-------?] the same ship that brought me your present so I write
to say that I am going to send by some Liverpool ship, the
Belfast are out of the [----?] [----?] Canadian geese they are
hardy and will require little feeding or a field they will get
quite tame and as they are larger and also and also wild you
find them an improvement in the eating line they will be sent to
Belfast from Liverpool by a steamer write to your agent there
about them. I will write again with the box which will most
likely go tomorrow and as I am keeping the person who is to take
this I must conclude
Believe me [--?]
Your affectionate Son